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Music in American Life


Acquiring Editor: Laurie Matheson

Music in American Life 40th AnniversaryMusic in American Life is a longstanding series that embodies the twin goals of documenting the place of music in American culture and the cultural life that gives rise to particular musical forms. Encompassing the broadest range of music, from classical through all forms of American vernacular music, the series welcomes a variety of approaches to the topic of music in American life, including monographs, biographies, memoirs, reference books, readers, and edited collections.


link to catalog page, Burn, Baby! BURN!

Burn, Baby! BURN!

The Autobiography of Magnificent Montague

Author: Magnificent Montague with Bob Baker
Pub Date: Cloth: 2003; Paper: 2009

Reflections from the legendary R & B deejay whose signature sound seared the airwaves   learn more...

link to catalog page, Country Music Humorists and Comedians Author: Loyal Jones
Pub Date: October 2008

An exhaustive reference detailing the mirth and music of country music humorists and comedians   learn more...

link to catalog page, The Hayloft Gang

The Hayloft Gang

The Story of the National Barn Dance

Author: Edited by Chad Berry
Pub Date: July 2008

An astute collection of inquiries into the rich history and impact of the National Barn Dance   learn more...

link to catalog page, Working Girl Blues

Working Girl Blues

The Life and Music of Hazel Dickens

Author: Hazel Dickens and Bill C. Malone
Pub Date: April 2008

The life story of singer and songwriter Hazel Dickens, the inspiring voice of a whole generation of women and workers   learn more...

link to catalog page, Sing It Pretty

Sing It Pretty

A Memoir

Author: Bess Lomax Hawes
Pub Date: April 2008

The personal account of a giant in American folklore and folk music   learn more...

link to catalog page, Lonesome Cowgirls and Honky-Tonk Angels

Lonesome Cowgirls and Honky-Tonk Angels

The Women of Barn Dance Radio

Author: Kristine M. McCusker
Pub Date: April 2008

A collective biography of the women who shaped early country and western music   learn more...

link to catalog page, California Polyphony

California Polyphony

Ethnic Voices, Musical Crossroads

Author: Mina Yang
Pub Date: March 2008

Probing the intersection of music and racial politics in California   learn more...

link to catalog page, Poetry and Violence

Poetry and Violence

The Ballad Tradition of Mexico's Costa Chica

Author: John H. McDowell
Pub Date: February 2008

An in-depth examination of the Mexican ballad tradition of the corrido and its complex relationship with violence   learn more...

link to catalog page, Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson

Lost and Found

Author: Barry Lee Pearson and Bill McCulloch
Pub Date: August 2008

The biography of a giant in the history of blues music   learn more...

link to catalog page, Bound for America

Bound for America

Three British Composers

Author: Nicholas Temperley
Pub Date: August 2008

Shedding light on three immigrant composers in an overlooked period of American music   learn more...

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